CELINE’S FRENCH FLAIR
HEDI SLIMANE EXPLORES THE FASHION CODES OF THE PARISIAN BOURGEOISIE
Hedi Slimane has always been a fan of the 70s -and this season his concept for the Celine woman was nothing less than a tribute to the decade marked with optimism and rebellious spirit. The fashion crowd gathered at Place Vauban at Les Invalides to experience Slimane’s sixth collection at the helm of the Parisian house-and one consistent with his trademark style. As with his very first take as Celine’s creative director, the Fall-Winter 2020 collection was an ode to Parisian bourgeoisie style-meet-rock-glamour-chic. ‘Unisex’ was the collection’s keyword, of another Slimane’s resurrections directly from the 70s- translated into clothes of style and genderless luxury.
Tailored black and navy blazers, smart coats, skinny flared pants and bow neck blouses marked his vision for both woman and men-a strong 70s inspired look with rock star qualities that seem to appeal to a younger audience. There were some great gingham capes and some gold-embroidered velvet miniskirts that put feminity back in the spotlight and of course a series of evening dresses in ruffles and gold detailing. We spotted some great fur waistcoats and a series of decorated tunics worn over pants along with wide-brimmed hats and of course-neckties for both male and female models.
This was a collection largely focused on Slimane’s reintroduction of Celine’s archive signature ‘Sulky’ in the form of bags and accessories including some impressive crystal jewelry. The focus on luxury was further emphasized with the sparkling evening dresses and some great detailing over studded jackets, belts and bejeweled jackets to match.
Hedi Slimane has proved he is a man driven by his creative obsessions-in that case 70s rock chic, a concept that seems to so far work in the house of Celine-and appeals to its audience. This is a new Celine, following a new set of design DNA codes that draw from the past to visualize the future.